2017 NACo Legislative Conference

Conference

2017 NACo Legislative Conference

New Administration + New Congress = New Opportunities. Participate in second-to-none educational sessions, interact with federal officials and deliver the message that federal policies matter to counties and counties matter to America!
Fri. February 24
8:30 am

Healthy Counties Forum

Fri. February 24 | 8:30 am to 5:00 pmMaryland Suite A/B

County Leadership: Connecting and Leveraging Opportunities to Improve Health

Counties play an important leadership role in creating and sustaining healthy communities. Recognizing that health goes beyond access to healthcare, this interactive Forum will focus on strategies for addressing social determinants of health—issues such as transportation, social support networks, employment, education, housing and income. County leaders will share how they are addressing health in their communities, experts will examine health improvement tools and attendees will discuss approaches for using social determinants of health to inform policy decisions. Learn how to ensure that policies will make a positive impact in your community and engage in facilitated discussions with experts and thought-leaders about the issues facing your county. 

Separate Registration Required - www.naco.org/leg/register

Agenda
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. How do social determinants impact health in counties across the country?
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Exploring and defining the landscape of health in your county
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Developing county systems for health improvement
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Counties in action: Putting systems to work
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Roundtable discussions with thought-leaders
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closing
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception
1:30 pm

National Association of County Human Services Administrators

Fri. February 24 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmCoolidge
3:00 pm

NACo and Public Technology Institute Technology and Innovation Symposium and Reception

Fri. February 24 | 3:00 pm to 6:30 pmDelaware

Leaders from the field will make a series of short lightning-round presentations and discussion on topics related to county IT, including cybersecurity, social media, public safety and smart technology.

Agenda
3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. 

Fight Against Cybercrime and Keep Vital Data Safe
Cyber Security continues to rank as the number 1 technology issue facing America’s local governments. Government IT leaders are focused on securing government data and networks while raising awareness for government users and the public on what they need to do to be cyber-safe. Terms that have entered the local government vernacular include ransomware, cyber hygiene and securing our critical infrastructure.

Breaking News: The Impact of Spreading Misinformation via Social Media – How Does This Impact How Counties Use Social Media?
According to a recent poll conducted by the Public Technology Institute, 85 percent of local governments use some form of social media to engage the public. While the various social media platforms offer county officials a quick and convenient way to better inform constituents, there is often a conflict between what is “true” news and what is “fake” news. Fake news stories and digital “fear mongering” have recently led to public safety incidents and a concern among pubic officials as to what is true and what is fake. This session will include panelists from the media who will share their thoughts on this growing trend and what it means for county officials.

Public Safety and IT: A Vital Partnership that Needs to Succeed
IT agencies and public safety agencies need to work together to implement and maintain technologies. The spotlight is on public safety agencies as they implement body-worn cameras, update their radio communications systems for first responders and promote new apps to alert the public and respond to emergency situations. It is often not about the technology, rather, the management of the technology and the business relationship between IT and public safety. What is the implementation process? Who maintains these solutions? What kind of governance structure is needed? What needs to be considered when it comes to video storage and retrieval and public access? During this session, we will explore some of the latest trends in public safety IT and the relationship with county.

It’s not Just About Being Smart: It’s About Being Smarter
Even the smartest county cannot rest on its past success. The smart county movement requires a constant process of vision, execution and renewal, which makes this process more a journey than a destination! This session will explore areas like smart transportation, infrastructure, public safety, health, education, energy and environment, while highlighting the tools necessary to make wise and effective decisions when it comes to planning for the smarter county of tomorrow.

4:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Leaving the Past Behind and Moving Your County into a Bold New Future of Technology
Economical, efficient replacement, upgrade and purchasing of tech needs are musts for counties in 2017. We will take a look back at the past and forward to the future in this interactive session. 

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Technology & Innovation Symposium Reception (sponsor by U.S. Communities)
5:00 pm

Healthy Counties Forum - Reception

Fri. February 24 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmMaryland Suite C

Registration Open

Fri. February 24 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmHall A
Sat. February 25
7:00 am

Registration Open

Sat. February 25 | 7:00 am to 5:00 pmExhibit Hall A
8:00 am

First Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 8:00 am to 9:00 amRoosevelt 4

Healthy Counties Advisory Board Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 8:00 am to 9:00 amRoosevelt 1/2/3

First Time Attendee Orientation and Breakfast

Sat. February 25 | 8:00 am to 9:30 amMarriott Ballroom Salon 2

This breakfast is an opportunity for first time attendees to a NACo conference to learn more about NACo, how to get involved and how to navigate the conference. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of NACo ambassadors in small group settings. Our goal is to connect you to ambassadors who will help you find your way around the conference and will continue to help you navigate NACo's offerings even after you go home. All are welcome!

NACo and Public Technology Institute CIO Forum

Sat. February 25 | 8:00 am to 1:30 pmMaryland

The primary audience for the CIO Forum is county staff information officers.  The forum includes discussions on the state of county IT, how IT professionsals can prepare counties for the future, assesing tech risks and using big data to inform descision making.

Agenda
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 

Breakfast and Opening Remarks

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Panel One – The State of the County IT Executive
This will be a facilitated panel discussion that will provide an overview of pressing issues county IT personnel are addressing. The discussion will focus on common themes, issues and trends, regardless of a county’s size.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Panel Two – What Does the “I” in CIO Really Mean?
Innovation, information, infrastructure and illustrator are terms that often arise when contemplating the role of CIOs. What are we doing now and what can we do to prepare for the future? This interactive discussion will focus on the role of the CIO and how the CIO should engage the public and key stakeholders. What should the “I” in CIO mean? 

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Panel Three – Big Data Drives Better Decisions
Big data, open data, data-driven decision making. This session will explore the differences between these different tools, with a focus on how counties are using data to make better decisions. Who are the key players involved? Who is the champion within the enterprise? And, to be successful, how do you make a partner out of your county elected officials?

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Panel Four – Risk Assessment
Risks abound in the technology realm. How do we identify risks and prioritize mitigation? 

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote 
8:30 am

NACCTFO: Parliamentary Procedure

Sat. February 25 | 8:30 am to 11:30 amMadison A
9:00 am

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amDelaware

NACHFA Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amCongressional

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amMarriott Ballroom Salon 1

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 9:00 am to 10:00 amWashington 1-3

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 25 | 9:00 am to 10:30 amThurgood Marshall South/West

Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee - Resolutions Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 9:00 am to 11:00 amLincoln 2-4

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee Morning Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmThurgood Marshall North/East

Legislative Information Center

Sat. February 25 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pmWilson C
9:15 am

Joint Health and Human Services Meeting on Aging

Sat. February 25 | 9:15 am to 10:45 amRoosevelt 1-3
9:30 am

Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 25 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pmWashington 4/5
10:00 am

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 25 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmDelaware

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 25 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmMarriott Ballroom Salon 1

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 25 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmWashington 1-3
10:30 am

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmThurgood Marshall South/West

Audit Committee Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmRoosevelt 4
11:00 am

Health Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 25 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pmRoosevelt 1-3

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee - Subcommittee Meetings

Sat. February 25 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pmVirginia
11:30 am

DISASTERS: A Resilient Counties Discussion on Flood Preparation & Response

Sat. February 25 | 11:30 am to 1:00 pmRoosevelt 5

Panel on North Carolina Counties’ Response to and Early Recovery from Hurricane Matthew 

Representatives from across North Carolina will discuss their response to and early recovery from Hurricane Matthew, including what mitigation strategies have best benefitted the counties. Mike Herman from EY Emergency Management Services will moderate the discussion, which will feature Mike Sprayberry, the Hon. Ron Wesson and George Wood.

Launch of The Nature Conservancy's Naturally Resilient Communities Guide

As a follow up to the Rethinking Flood Protection and Resiliency through Natural Infrastructure focus group discussion at NACo 2016 Annual Conference, Nate Woiwode and the Hon. Grover Robinson will launch The Nature Conservancy's Green Infrastructure Online Guide, which highlights Escambia County's use of green infrastructure strategies in its recovery from major flooding in April 2014.

Discussion with Environment, Energy, and Land Use Leadership 

The Resilient Counties Advisory Board and EELU leadership will discuss strategies to align our programming and priorities.

 
NOTE: This meeting is open to all.
 
12:00 pm

Joint FSC/DCR Advisory Committee Luncheon

Sat. February 25 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pmWashington 6

Invitation only

Finance Committee Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 12:00 pm to 2:00 pmRoosevelt Room 4
12:15 pm

NACo and Public Technology Institute Technology Summit

Sat. February 25 | 12:15 pm to 5:00 pmMaryland

The primary audience for the Technology Summit is elected county officials.  The summit includes a lunch keynote on technology, new federal leadership and potential impacts on counties, as well as high-level, interactive panels on cybersecurity, smart technology and technology and health.

Agenda
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Panel

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Networking Break

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The LiveWell San Diego Story
Join us for a fireside chat with Nick Macchione, director, Health & Human Services Agency, County of San Diego, discussing the LiveWell San Diego initiative and why he decided to implement "ConnectWell" to support it.  The dialog will also include the improvements being delivered to the community from LiveWell and ideas on nimble approaches to funding similar support systems in your county.

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cybersecurity
Cyber and network security constantly rank as the number one priority for government IT executives – at both the state and the local levels. How can elected leaders and technology professional work together minimize technology risks, improve county employees’ cyber hygiene and plan for the future? 

3:30 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Smarter Counties
"Smart Counties" – a vision for successfully accommodating the projected massive growth in the major urban areas and the needs of thriving rural communities. This panel will discuss ways for technologies to work together, focusing on transportation, infrastructure, logistics and telecommunications and mobility. The panel will explore where we stand with key enabling technologies, innovative deployments to date and how counties can begin developing strategies to move towards providing sustainable, efficient and safe service to constituents.

1:00 pm

Defined Contribution and Retirement Advisory Committee

Sat. February 25 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pmBalcony B

Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pmLincoln 2-4

Financial Services Center Advisory Committee

Sat. February 25 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pmCoolidge
1:30 pm

Community, Economic and Workforce Development Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmDelaware

Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmWashington 4/5

NACCTFO: Lobbying: Organizational and Personal Strategies

Sat. February 25 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmMadison A

Transportation Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 1:30 pm to 4:00 pmWashington 1-3

Health Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmRoosevelt 1-3

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee Afternoon Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 1:30 pm to 5:00 pmThurgood Marshall North/East
2:00 pm

Public Lands Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmMarriott Ballroom Salon 1

Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 2:00 pm to 5:00 pmVirginia Suite A/B/C
2:15 pm

Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee - Business Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 2:15 pm to 4:00 pmRoosevelt Room 4
3:00 pm

NACA - National Association of County Administrators Executive Board Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 3:00 pm to 5:00 pmCongressional
5:00 pm

Second Policy Coordinating Committee Meeting

Sat. February 25 | 5:00 pm to 5:45 pmRoosevelt 4

Colorado Caucus

Sat. February 25 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmDelaware
Sun. February 26
7:00 am

Non-Denominational Worship Service

Sun. February 26 | 7:00 am to 8:00 amWashington 4/5

Registration Open

Sun. February 26 | 7:00 am to 4:00 pmExhibit Hall A
8:00 am

Supporting a Healthy County in a Changing Health Environment

Sun. February 26 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amVirginia

Breakfast Sponsored by Aetna

Counties and health care businesses are increasingly breaking down traditional boundaries as they emphasize the interaction between health care, public health and human services. Join the conversation about the evolving focuses of health and how the changing national political landscape impacts how counties and health care businesses address health issues. Learn what counties can do to continue to build momentum and continue to improve health.

Gulf States Counties and Parishes Caucus

Sun. February 26 | 8:00 am to 9:30 amLincoln 5

Immigration Reform Task Force

Sun. February 26 | 8:00 am to 9:30 amRoosevelt 1-3
8:30 am

IT Standing Committee Meeting

Sun. February 26 | 8:30 am to 12:00 pmWashington 6
9:00 am

Rural Action Caucus

Sun. February 26 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pmThurgood Marshall North/East

Legislative Information Center

Sun. February 26 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pmWilson C
9:30 am

Large Urban County Caucus

Sun. February 26 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pmMarriott Ballroom Salon 1
10:00 am

National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) Business Meeting

Sun. February 26 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmHoover
12:00 pm

Membership Committee Meeting

Sun. February 26 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmLincoln 3/4

NOBCO/NABCO

Sun. February 26 | 12:00 pm to 3:00 pmMaryland
1:00 pm

IBTS Natural Disaster Experiences Gained

Sun. February 26 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pmLincoln 2

IBTS will share experiences gained through the delivery of natural disaster planning, response and recovery services across the country. Participants will be introduced to IBTS Onhand, an on line resource of natural disaster-related case studies, tools and tips being developed to meet the needs of stakeholders at the local level. Priority topics will include HUD CDBG-DR eligibility and compliance, FEMA Stafford Act grant and financial management and volunteer engagement approaches.

Town hall on the Opioid Epidemic: Leading in a Crisis

Sun. February 26 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmThurgood Marshall South/West

In countless communities across the nation, abuse of prescription drugs and heroin has reached epidemic levels, leading to unprecedented rates of drug overdoses and related fatalities. As this public health crisis has unfolded, local leaders are formulating effective responses. Much progress has been made on this front, but much work remains to be done. During this audience-focused town hall, NACo members will discuss local stories, successes and challenges with an expert panel that includes several members of the National City-County Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic. Attendees are encouraged to review the Task Force’s report and recommendations, A Prescription for Action, available at www.opioidaction.org, prior to the meeting, and all NACo members are invited to submit questions for this townhall before the event by emailing hsedigh@naco.org

Expert panel:

  • County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie County, Pennsylvania (moderator)
  • Judge Gary Moore, Boone County, Kentucky (co-chair of national city-county opioid task force)
  • Board Chair Phyllis Randall, Loudoun County, Virginia
  • Mayor Steve Williams, Huntington, West Virginia
  • Dr. Richard Jorgensen, Coroner, DuPage County, Illinois
  • Asst. Police Chief Russ Hamill, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Dr. Christopher Jones, Acting Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Science and Data Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

GIS Subcommittee

Sun. February 26 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pmWashington 6

Western Interstate Region Board of Directors Meeting

Sun. February 26 | 1:00 pm to 3:30 pmMarriott Ballroom Salon 1

Persuasion: A Workshop in Advanced Communication Skills for County Officials

Sun. February 26 | 1:00 pm to 4:30 pmVirginia

Persuasion is the keystone of diplomacy. Whether you’re a newly elected county official or a long-standing one, the more honed your skills are in persuading people, the more effective you will be in your job. This highly interactive session goes beyond theory – it also gives you the opportunity to learn within the context of the specific people you would like to be able to persuade more effectively.

 

Registration is closed for this session

1:30 pm

National Association of County Civil Attorneys Meeting

Sun. February 26 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmWashington 3

National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) Roundtable Discussion

Sun. February 26 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmHoover

National Association of County LGBT Leaders and Allies Policy Roundtable

Sun. February 26 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmRoosevelt 1-3

National Association of County LGBT Leaders and Allies Policy Roundtable

Sun. February 26 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmRoosevelt Room 1-3

Programs and Services Committee Meeting

Sun. February 26 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmRoosevelt 4

Using the Arts to Bolster Your County's Health and Economy: A Meeting of the NACo Arts and Culture Commission

Sun. February 26 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pmDelaware

Update on the Status of the Arts in the United States

Americans for the Arts' National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military

Americans for the Arts recently developed the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military (NIAHM) which seeks to advance the arts in health, healing, and healthcare for military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers. This panel will discuss the current status of NIAHM in providing healthcare to our military communities, expanded opportunities for 2017, and how county governments can partner with this program.

County Case Study: Guilford County, Va.

Supported by Guilford County, N.C, ArtsGreensboro drives the health and vitality of the community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming. Since 1962, ArtsGreensboro has invested nearly $20 million in direct financial support to the Guilford County’s arts economy through its grants, facilities and programming, such as festivals and performances.

County Case Study: Washington County, Va.

Washington County, Va. has a rich history of preserving and supporting its art, culture and historical sites.  The historic Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia, the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, along with the William King Regional Arts Center, the Abingdon Arts Depot and many other cultural sites, fairs and festivals attract visitors from all 50 states and many foreign countries.

Arts & Culture at the NACo 2017 Annual Conference in Franklin County, Ohio

Franklin County, Ohio, will give an overview of the Arts & Culture activities planned for the NACo 2017 Annual Conference.

 

NOTE: This meeting is open to all.

1:45 pm

State Association Meeting Planners Meeting

Sun. February 26 | 1:45 pm to 3:15 pmWashington 1
2:30 pm

How County Officials can Elevate the Cybersecurity Discussion with CISOs

Sun. February 26 | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pmLincoln 2

Join AT&T for a discussion on working with chief information security officers to help prevent, detect and respond to cyber threats.

NACA - National Association of County Administrators Idea Exchange

Sun. February 26 | 2:30 pm to 5:00 pmWashington 2
3:00 pm

State Association Deputy Directors and Staff Meeting

Sun. February 26 | 3:00 pm to 4:30 pmWashington 1

NACo Board Forum

Sun. February 26 | 3:00 pm to 4:45 pmThurgood Marshall North/East
3:15 pm

North Carolina Association of Black County Officials Business Meeting

Sun. February 26 | 3:15 pm to 4:45 pmMcKinley
3:30 pm

Veterans and Military Services Committee Meeting

Sun. February 26 | 3:30 pm to 5:30 pmMaryland
4:00 pm

Alabama Caucus and Reception

Sun. February 26 | 4:00 pm to 5:30 pmMarriott Balcony B

Mississippi Caucus and Reception

Sun. February 26 | 4:00 pm to 5:30 pmLincoln 5
4:30 pm

Minnesota Caucus

Sun. February 26 | 4:30 pm to 5:30 pmLincoln 3/4

Pennsylvania Counties Caucus

Sun. February 26 | 4:30 pm to 5:30 pmCoolidge
4:45 pm

NACo NextGen Business Meeting

Sun. February 26 | 4:45 pm to 5:45 pmRoosevelt 4
5:00 pm

Florida Delegates Reception

Sun. February 26 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmSuite 1021, Center Tower
5:30 pm

NACA - National Association of County Administrators Reception

Sun. February 26 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pmMarriott Balcony A
5:45 pm

NACo NextGen and CLI Reception

Sun. February 26 | 5:45 pm to 6:45 pmRoosevelt 5
Mon. February 27
7:30 am

Central Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. February 27 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amVirginia

Northeast Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. February 27 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amLincoln 3/4

South Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. February 27 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amDelaware

West Region Caucus Meeting

Mon. February 27 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amMaryland

WON Breakfast

Mon. February 27 | 7:30 am to 8:30 amThurgood Marshall South/West

NAHCO Business Meeting with Census Presentation by NALEO

Mon. February 27 | 7:30 am to 9:30 amCoolidge

Registration Open

Mon. February 27 | 7:30 am to 3:30 pmExhibit Hall A
9:00 am

General Session

Mon. February 27 | 9:00 am to 10:30 amMarriott Ballroom

Armed Forces Color Guard and U.S. Army Brass Quintet

Sponsored by Atena

Legislative Information Center

Mon. February 27 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pmWilson C

Please note, the Legislative Information Center will be closed during General Sessions.

10:30 am

NCCAE Business Meeting

Mon. February 27 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pmRoosevelt 1-3
10:45 am

Building Leadership: Creating a Collaborative County Government

Mon. February 27 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmVirginia

Newly elected county officials quickly become members of a close-knit team that is frequently in the public eye. While county officials are not expected to see eye-to-eye, they must be able to work together on behalf of their constituents. This means building a supportive team environment that allows for rational discussion and effective decision-making. This session will introduce elected officials to a variety of tools and strategies for building a strong and effective county government.

Foreign Investments and U.S. Exports: A Networking Opportunity for County Elected Officials

Mon. February 27 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmRoosevelt 4

In an increasingly globalized world, foreign direct investment and exports are a major part of the U.S. economy. From employment in U.S. subsidiaries of foreign businesses, to jobs in U.S. companies exporting abroad, international trade brings many jobs to county economies. Counties play an essential role in creating the business-friendly environment for these activities, which includes investing in necessary infrastructure, economic and workforce development and zoning.

Similar to last year’s IED Task Force meeting, the Task Force will hold a special speed-networking event with representatives from three different countries or world regions: Canada, Chile and Africa. These representatives will talk with county officials about the investment interests of foreign businesses in the United States, what export opportunities exist and what counties can do to foster the international side of their economy. The meeting will be structured in 15 minute sessions that allow county officials to network directly and in small groups with the industry representatives, foster connections and learn how they can encourage economic growth through international investment.  This session is open to all conference participants.  

To learn more about the NACo International Economic Development Task Force, please visit our webpage here: http://www.naco.org/resources/programs-and-initiatives/international-economic-development-task-force.

Healthy and Inclusive Neighborhood Development: A ‘How to’ Discussion for Elected Officials

Mon. February 27 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmLincoln 2

This session will explore federal and local tools for advancing strong housing policies that promote equitable development and are responsive to local community needs. Counties play a key role in promoting regional collaboration in economic mobility, and we have invited county leaders to share successful strategies to promote access to housing, jobs and other essential services. Join current and former elected officials and well as leaders representing public housing authorities and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to discuss the hope and the challenge of creating inclusive neighborhoods that allow all families to reach their full potential. This interactive discussion will be facilitated by the Ford Foundation.

Managing Your County Manager: How to Retain Management Talent

Mon. February 27 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmLincoln 5

County boards in more than 1,300 counties appoint county administrators/managers to help with the increasing complexity of county operations. Most often, county administrators implement the board’s policy, run the daily operations of the county and prepare the annual budget. In partnership with the National Association of County Administrators (NACA), this session will discuss the factors behind the retention of county administrators/managers and strategies for county boards to work together with their appointed personnel toward long and stable relationships in serving the community. 

More than Manners: Counties Advancing Civility at the Local Level

Mon. February 27 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmMaryland

County innovations would be all but impossible without a fundamental value that enables us to govern well: civility. Polarization and the lack of civility at the national level has crept into the governing process at the local level, and counties play a vital role in addressing these national conditions in our communities. Join us for an examination of civility today and learn how county leaders can foster civil discourse and respect for others, especially when we disagree.

Outlook for Federal Legislative and Policy Issues Impacting Counties

Mon. February 27 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmLincoln 6

As the Trump Administration works toward its first 100 days agenda and the 115th Congress kicks into high gear, join the NACo legislative team to hear how the top issues affecting counties are shaping up, including tax and entitlement reform, transportation and infrastructure, health and criminal justice, public lands management and payments, environmental regulations and much more.

Reinvesting Justice Dollars to Reduce Mental Illness in Jails

Mon. February 27 | 10:45 am to 12:00 pmDelaware

More than 300 counties have passed resolutions to join the national Stepping Up Initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. These and many other counties across the country are looking for innovative ways to fund these efforts.In this workshop, hear from peers who have been able to make justice reinvestment work for efforts to reduce mental illness in jails.

12:00 pm

Attendee Luncheon

Mon. February 27 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pmMarriott Ballroom

Join your colleagues at this fun luncheon and enjoy a performance by the Capitol Steps. The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers; taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

1:00 pm

National Assocaition of County Intergovernmental Relations Officers-Business Meeting

Mon. February 27 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pmMadison
1:45 pm

Achieving Health and Wealth: New Solutions for Counties

Mon. February 27 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmLincoln 2

Counties have traditionally attracted and retained top employee talent by offering top benefit packages, but taking care of employee benefits has become more challenging. Fulfilling the promise of providing a comfortable retirement with continued access to excellent health insurance may be one of the toughest challenges faced by counties. Through valuable NACo partnerships with Nationwide and Optum, new solutions for a new era will be discussed and explored in this session.

Are Your Hospitals and Health Care Systems Ready? Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Establishes Emergency Preparedness Requirements

Mon. February 27 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmLincoln 3/4

On September 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a final rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating health care systems. The rule responded to concerns from Congress, the health care community and the public regarding the ability of health care systems to plan and execute appropriate emergency response procedures for disasters. To accomplish this goal, health care systems must develop an effective emergency preparedness program as determined by Department of Health and Human Services that allows them to meet the compliance requirements set out within the final rule by November 15, 2017.

This session will cover approaches to building a successful emergency preparedness program.  These core elements answer the requirements of the final rule and allow for a cost effective approach: (1) Risk Assessment and Emergency Planning; (2) Policies and Procedures; (3) Communication Plan; (4) Training and Testing.

These core components can be leveraged across providers and suppliers as diverse as hospitals, organ procurement organizations and home health agencies to develop emergency preparedness programs that meet their specific needs and circumstances, as well as the needs of their patients, residents, clients and participants. 

How to Create Stories to Move Lawmakers' Hearts, Minds and VOTES

Mon. February 27 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmMaryland

People have trouble remembering facts, but they never forget a good story. Effective advocacy appeals to the heart, as well as the head and political health, of the legislator. Learn how to organize and present your story through the tactics used by actors. This presentation includes the seven key elements of public policy advocacy storytelling, and walks participants through an exercise to develop their own personal story to move the hearts, minds and VOTES of lawmakers.

Navigating a New Era of Crisis Communications: How to Manage Non-traditional Events

Mon. February 27 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmRoosevelt 1-3

The world is increasingly complex. An incident in one county can rapidly become an national crisis, fueled by 24 hour news media coverage, and the proliferation of mass media.

Governments are faced with an unrelenting expansion of communications media. Planning ahead and protecting citizens from risk is becoming ever more demanding. Pandemics, popular uprisings and the disruption of essential services are but some of the unpredictable events that have left governments looking vulnerable and unprepared.

This workshop will explore crisis management and the way in which communication can be used as a crisis management tool. The aim is to ensure that participants will be better able to work with colleagues to develop and deliver straightforward, practical communication strategies for managing crises. 

NCCAE Continuing Education Workshop

Mon. February 27 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmWashington 4/5

Overcoming Barriers to Integrate and Share Justice and Health Data

Mon. February 27 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmLincoln 5

Using data and analysis to reduce incarceration is a cornerstone of two national NACo initiatives, Stepping Up and Data-Driven Justice. The value of data integration and analysis is taking on increasing importance in county efforts to connect justice-involved individuals with the appropriate community-based treatment and support services to break the cycle of incarceration. In this workshop, explore how to overcome challenges surrounding the sharing of justice, health and behavioral health information as well as different approaches to data integration, system sharing and analysis that can improve decision making across county systems.  

Revenue Caps, Mandates and More: Lessons Learned and County Revenue Solutions

Mon. February 27 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmDelaware

Counties are increasingly caught between more state and federal unfunded mandates and state limits on their ability to raise revenue. Years after the Great Recession, revenues have not recovered in many counties, while costs of mandated services are rising faster than inflation. This session explores trends in county fiscal conditions, together with a look at state caps on county revenue authority, state and federal mandates, fiscal challenges on the horizon and the revenue solutions counties are implementing around the country. This workshop also provides a toolkit with talking points and evidence on these issues and includes a panel of county elected and appointed officials to provide different perspectives from around the country.

Understanding the Role of Mega-Regions in Economic Development and Transportation

Mon. February 27 | 1:45 pm to 3:00 pmLincoln 6

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This session will give counties an understanding of mega-regions (i.e. large networks of metropolitan regions that are combined because they may have similar economic, cultural, environmental and infrastructure systems) and how they can help counties to grow their economies by improving  transportation connectivity and mobility. It will explore strategies for multijurisdictional cooperation, stakeholder involvement, freight movement and transportation infrastructure investments. The panel will discuss national and international trends and highlight case studies of mega-region planning and investment by counties.

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NACo Board of Directors Meeting

Mon. February 27 | 1:45 pm to 4:30 pmThurgood Marshall North/East

Master Class: Transforming Public Leadership Through Integrity and Civility

Mon. February 27 | 1:45 pm to 5:00 pmVirginia

Building upon this past fall's leadership development series, Understanding Integrity and Civility, NACo is offering this deeper dive into the skills of decision-making at it relates to civility. In an intimate setting, and through interactive exercises, participants will personally develop principles by which solutions to complex problems are found and the rules by which discourse is conducted.  Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of “integrity” and “civility” as they practice skills and learn how to apply them consistently. 

Registration is closed for this workshop.

3:15 pm

Aligning Strategy, Culture and Customer Experience in Government

Mon. February 27 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln 3/4

Change leaders like you have high expectations, a vision of the possible and urgency to engage others. Join top-rated speaker Robin Lawton for this stimulating and entertaining session and experience a pragmatic approach that will strengthen your ability to achieve strategic outcomes taxpayers will notice and employees will enthusiastically deploy.

Building a Culture of Health through Cross-Sector Collaboration

Mon. February 27 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln 6

Transportation, social support networks, employment, education, housing and income contribute to up to 40 percent of a person’s overall health, and county policies can significantly impact these social determinants. Many counties have fostered collaboration across the numerous sectors that affect social determinants in order to build healthier communities. These counties will share how they expanded the definition of health in their counties to create a county-wide culture of health.

County Economies 2016

Mon. February 27 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmWashington 1-3

This session will explore the latest economic data for counties for 2016 and explain how to use NACo’s County Economies toolkit. We will discuss the findings of the analysis of the recovery across the 3,069 county economies in 2016 and explain the county maps, data and profiles available through NACo's County Explorer interactive map. Come and learn how NACo members can use the County Economies maps and profiles for advocacy, benchmarking and communication purposes. Bring your laptop or tablet!

Enhancing the Security of your County in 2017

Mon. February 27 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmRoosevelt 1-3

Security demands continue to grow more complex in the public sector, and counties need efficient, effective solutions to keep communities safe. Professionals from Experian and Unicom, companies dedicated to providing solutions for counties and public agencies, will present at this session on security issues from several angles including data management, fraud and identify theft protection, physical security and technology solutions for law enforcement. Attendees will walk away better equipped to use digital and technological enhancements to protect their data, employees and citizens from local and global risks.

How to Create a Local Event that will Attract a Member of Congress and Staff

Mon. February 27 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmLincoln 5

Congressional Managment Fountation's research shows that members of Congress use visits to local facilities as one of the most valuable ways to collect constituent views and opinions – more than any other source of information! And yet, how do these events happen? How do groups entice a member of Congress to attend a local event or meet with key stakeholders? This session will show you how! A former congressional staffer will walk participants through the steps from inviting legislators to learn about your issues and have a powerful personal experience about the value of your organization in their district or state. Participants will receive a specific checklist for the creation of a successful event.

 

Is Your County Solar Ready? Strategies for Removing Local Barriers to Solar Energy

Mon. February 27 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmDelaware

Despite rapid growth in solar energy markets across the country, solar development is still often limited by local barriers in zoning, permitting and financing. Local soft costs and red tape ultimately raise the price of solar energy systems, which is passed on to residents and businesses. In an effort to become more solar-friendly, many counties are seeking to improve and streamline their local solar policies and processes. Join us for this interactive workshop to dive into best practice examples of strategies and solutions currently being implemented in counties across the country. Participants will also learn more about the SolSmart program as an available resource for counties to gain no-cost technical assistance and receive high-profile national recognition.

Social Security — The Choice of a Lifetime

Mon. February 27 | 3:15 pm to 4:30 pmMaryland

The decision regarding how and when to file for Social Security benefits is one of the most important choices you will ever make. It's the choice of a lifetime. This informative session will provide you with updates on the Social Security filing rules that have recevently changed. Attendees will also have the opportunity to complete an assessment and get results emailed to them after the conference. 

4:30 pm

California Caucus

Mon. February 27 | 4:30 pm to 5:30 pmWashington 4/5

North Carolina Caucus Meeting

Mon. February 27 | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pmThurgood Marshall South
5:00 pm

National Conference of Republican County Officials (NCRCO) - Business Meeting

Mon. February 27 | 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmHoover

Wisconsin Counties Association Reception

Mon. February 27 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pmMarriott Balcony A
5:30 pm

National Democratic County Officials - Business Meeting

Mon. February 27 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pmVirginia

New Mexico Association of Counties Reception

Mon. February 27 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmMarriott Balcony B
6:00 pm

National Conference of Republican County Officials (NCRCO) - Reception

Mon. February 27 | 6:00 pm to 7:00 pmCoolidge

National Association of Hispanic County Officials (NAHCO) Reception

Mon. February 27 | 6:00 pm to 7:30 pmOffsite - The Grill from Ipanema

NCACC Sponsored Reception

Mon. February 27 | 6:00 pm to 7:30 pmThurgood Marshall West
7:00 pm

LUCC/RAC Reception

Mon. February 27 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pmOff-Site

Invitation Only

Tue. February 28
7:30 am

Registration Open

Tue. February 28 | 7:30 am to 1:00 pmExhibit Hall A
8:00 am

Getting Started with County-based Cross-sector Partnerships

Tue. February 28 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amLincoln 2

This workshop is designed for county leaders interested in tackling public problems in collaboration with partners from the business and non-profit sectors in their communities. This workshop will open with a brief presentation from The Intersector Project and be moderated by panel of county leaders who have successfully launched and led cross-sector partnerships. You will learn about the resources available to county leaders seeking to work in partnership, as well as collaborative tactics that are key for the early stages of partnership. The panel will illuminate the different ways in which counties have worked in partnership with business and non-profit partners, and focus on key strategies for mitigating partnership risks and for overcoming challenges.

Increasing Equity in Your County’s Criminal Justice System

Tue. February 28 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amDelaware

The criminal justice system disparately impacts low-income individuals and individuals of color in many ways, including through the use of fines and fees and disproportionate rates of arrest, sentencing and detention. Learn from experts and counties working to increase equity in local justice systems by improving community engagement, reducing the use of fines and fees and offering opportunities to resolve outstanding warrants or suspended driver’s licenses. 

Newly Elected, Now What? Tips and Tricks to Making the most of NACo Membership

Tue. February 28 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amMaryland

Gain insight into issues at the federal level that impact counties and what you can do to stay abreast of important issues.  Learn about programs available to NACo member counties that help you save money for your county and residents, discover programs that will help address important issues such as opioid abuse, criminal justice reform and health and wellness.  As a newly elected official there is so much to learn – our goal is to make it easy for you, answer questions and direct you to relevant resources.

Supreme Court Local Outlook

Tue. February 28 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amLincoln 5

The Role of Modern Technology in the Opioid Fight

Tue. February 28 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amLincoln 3/4

Government leaders at all levels are facing a relentless spiral of overdoses and deaths connected to the current opioid crisis. This outbreak cannot be addressed by the justice system or the health system alone. Elected leaders have discovered that new approaches are required--approaches that address the multiple issues that define addiction and drug abuse with actionable data.

This session will explore how technology can bridge the gap between resources, the need for timely, operational data and engaging citizens to create awareness and support of your programs, as well as shorten the cycle to intercede.

Technology like GIS, big data and analytics can: improve data collection and analysis, quickly communicate internally, to neighboring jurisdictions, and with the public for increased awareness and response, develop solutions that result in more efficient services and combine with performance measurements to inform iterative policymaking. 

Top Things You Wanted to Know About Public Finance but Were Afraid to Ask

Tue. February 28 | 8:00 am to 9:15 amLincoln 6

This is the next installment in a series of sessions intended to enhance the financial leadership of elected officials that began at the 2016 NACo Annual conference. Join this session for a high-level overview of debt issuance and the role it can play in your county’s capital planning or economic development, as well as learn how a new Congress and administration can impact public finance. Click here to view the Annual Conference workshop recording (first installment).

9:00 am

Legislative Information Center

Tue. February 28 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pmWilson C

Please note, the Legislative Information Center will be closed during general sessions.

9:30 am

General Session

Tue. February 28 | 9:30 am to 11:45 amMarriott Ballroom

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12:00 pm

Hill Visits

Tue. February 28 | 12:00 pm to 5:00 pmCapitol Hill
1:00 pm

Clearing the Way for Big Taxpayer Savings: Considering the Role of Cooperative Purchasing in Procurement

Tue. February 28 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pmDelaware Suite A/B

Public procurement is a complex, challenging area that combines an ever-changing legislative landscape with budget tightening and the need for maximum transparency. Leading counties seeking to save taxpayer money, to save time, and to access the highest value products, services and cutting-edge technologies have used cooperative purchasing through U.S. Communities to achieve a balanced, successful approach to procurement. In this session, participants will learn the value of integrating cooperative purchasing in county procurement programs and discuss how U.S. Communities is an effective resource for NACo members nationwide.

Investing in County Priorities: Strategies for Effective Property Tax Administration

Tue. February 28 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pmVirginia

Property tax is the main general revenue source for majority of counties around the country. In partnership with the International Association of Assessing Officers, this session will discuss strategies for effective property tax administration, basic terminology, and best practices in valuation methods. Principles of a high-quality, cost-effective property tax system will be covered with emphasis on the critical nature of accurate data. This session will also highlight effective online information and research tools for taxpayers to assist in the public’s understanding of calculating property taxes and dealing with appeals.

NACo County Leadership Institute: Gaining a Deeper Perspective

Tue. February 28 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pmMaryland

The County Leadership Institute (CLI) is in its fourteenth year of developing leaders at the county level. The workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn about how CLI was developed and why its such a main-stay with county leaders. Discover the principles of the Adaptive Leadership Model, understand how the application process works and learn from members that have been through the program. After attending this session you will want to take advantage of this outstanding leadership program.

Understanding and Shaping the Federal Regulatory Process

Tue. February 28 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pmLincoln 2

Due to an increase in the number of federal regulations that impact counties, and the unfunded mandates that accompany these regulations, the federal rulemaking process has become a very complex and daunting experience. Join this session to learn how county officials and employees can navigate and participate in the federal rulemaking process—ensuring that the county voice is heard.

Economic Shock: Lessons Learned from Coal and Timber Counties

Tue. February 28 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pmLincoln 5

Many smaller and rural communities across the country have for generations been historically reliant upon one dominant industry or employer. What happens when the industry faces a severe declines or the employer leaves?  How can rural places reinvent and diversify local economies to become more resilient to economic shock and create lasting economic development? This session will explore these questions, using lessons learned from transitioning coal and timber communities as case examples.  

Using Data to Create Effective Health Policies

Tue. February 28 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pmLincoln 6

County leaders are continually seeking data to inform policymaking to improve health in their counties. This interactive, facilitated discussion will explore how counties can find relevant data sources to identify issues and examine health indicators, prioritize county needs and implement targeted and effective health policies. Come prepared to discuss and share your data questions with experts.

3:00 pm

All Health is Local: Capitol Hill Briefing on Medicaid and the Role of Counties in Local Health Systems

Tue. February 28 | 3:00 pm to 4:00 pmRussell Senate Office Building, Room SR-385
4:30 pm

Former County Official Members of Congress Reception

Tue. February 28 | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pmRussell Senate Office Building, Room SR-385
6:30 pm

NACo President's Reception

Tue. February 28 | 6:30 pm to 9:00 pmMarriott Ballroom

Get ready to dance the night away to our conference favorites - No Bad Ju Ju! You'll enjoy some special D.C. VIPs...the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents, Teddy, Abe, Jefferson, Taft and George Washington, while enjoying food and drinks with old and new friends.

Sponsored by Nationwide, Parsons & Ricoh

Wed. March 01
8:00 am

Hill Visits

Wed. March 01 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pmCapitol Hill
8:15 am

NACo Open House

Wed. March 01 | 8:15 am to 11:30 am660 N. Capitol Street, NW

Leave your luggage with us while you visit the Hill; light refreshments and NACo office tours available.

9:00 am

Rural Action Caucus Program

Wed. March 01 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pmCapitol Hill/Administration
3:30 pm

NACo/McCain Foundation/Prime Policy Group – Human Trafficking

Wed. March 01 | 3:30 pm to 5:00 pmNACo Conference Center

In the past decade, the anti-trafficking movement has increasingly gained support from legislators. The McCain Institute, Prime Policy Group and NACo are bringing together Members of Congress and county officials to discuss this issue plaguing our country. A panel of policy makers will discuss successful national and local strategies that have helped combat trafficking as they map the road forward.

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